What is Predict?

Predict: where the future is written


“Predictions aren’t the means to judge a futurist. The impact they make on the world is.” — Aaron Saenz

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Dear Reader,

Predict is a Medium publication about the future. It welcomes common futurism topics such as artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing, nanotechnology, self-driving cars, flying cars, robotics, automation, cryptocurrencies, computer-body interfaces, transportation to Mars, and sustaining a human population on Mars. It also tries to answer how these and other technologies and innovations will impact our lives, our work, and our society.

You might ask, “Is it possible to predict the future?”

Of course it is. People accurately predict the future… at least some of the time. The problem is, you can never guarantee that a prediction will be accurate. Even if you could see the future, a prediction about the future might not be accurate, because acting on that future information could change the information by the time you reach that future.

“The Best Way To Predict The Future Is To Create It”

That phrase, when searched in quotes on Google, returned 435,000 results. To me, this means people believe it to be true. Physics tells us that we all have a part in the future, through cause and effect. But can we change the future, or are we part of chain reaction of cause and effect that never ends, with no bearing on the outcome, because we have no true free will? I’ll leave that to the philosophers and to the scientists.

The word “predict” is defined in part by Webster's as “to declare or indicate in advance”. The word is two parts that can be broken down: pre- which means before, and -dict which means say. Predict is an attempt to say, or in our case write, things before they happen.

If Predict is an accurate insight into the future just 1% of the time, it will be incredibly valuable. It’s up to you to decide what’s in the 1%.

This publication is dedicated, in part, to the people who want to predict the future. But it’s also dedicated to those who want to create the future… and to those who are curious about the future.

Predict is for you. If you would like to take a stab at predicting the future, if you want to let the world know how you are creating the future, or if you are curious about the future, I’d love to see your thoughts published here. Check out this post to read more about submitting an article.

“Curiosity killed the cat” is a phrase I really don’t like. Please, be curious: read Predict. Curiosity might get some people into trouble, but curious people are also the most likely to be billionaires.

Sincerely,

Eric Martin, founder of Predict